Employment services

Hennepin County helps people find jobs by providing career counseling, training and job placement, as well as information about the labor market.

We partner with businesses, community organizations and other government entities.

Suburban Hennepin County job seekers obtain their employment and training services through the Hennepin County Housing, CommunityWorks and Transit Department and its service partners - Minnesota Workforce Center Hennepin South and Minnesota Workforce Center Hennepin North.

Minneapolis job seekers obtain their employment and training services through the Minneapolis Employment and Training Program, except for residents participating in the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training Program (SNAP E&T). Those residents get employment and training services through Hennepin County Human Services Department.

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Job fairs and announcements

The Job Doctor, The Prescription for Success

A job doctor is an employer who can answer your employment questions, give you job search tips and feedback on your resume, and discuss jobs in their company and industry. Job clinics are free and open to the public. Please RSVP, and bring your resume. The Job Doctor is available on a first come first serve basis.

Thursday, November 12

10:30 - Noon
Northpoint Health and Wellness 
313 Penn Ave N, Room 108
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Event flyer (PDF)

Erica Edwards, Recruiter, Muy Pizza, LLC (Pizza Hut), who specializes in the restaurant and management fields will be available to offer career coaching and tips to job seekers. RSVP to Yaomee Xiong at Yaomee.xiong@capiusa.org, 612-721-0122.

Tuesday, November 17

10:30 - Noon
Sabathani Community Center
310 E 38th Street, Room 120
Minneapolis, MN 55409
Event flyer (PDF)

Ramona Wilson, Diversity Manager, Knutson Construction will be available to offer career coaching and tips to job seekers. RSVP to Carol Langer carol.langer@hennepin.us, 612-596-7719.

Employer of the Day hosted by Hennepin County

There will be a new employer each month that will be actively recruiting for their open positions.

The next event will be Tuesday, December 1, 2015 and will feature HMS Host.

What: Employer of the Day
Where: 310 E 38th Street, Suite # 120, Minneapolis, MN 55409
When: First Tuesday of every month
Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

These are walk-in events, no pre-registration is needed. This is a great opportunity for job seekers to meet hiring managers in person. Computers and printers are available for you to use.

As a reminder, the Hennepin County Community Resource Room is open for any and all job seekers Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Job Development Career Fair

Monday, December 7, 2015
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Brookdale Library
6125 Shingle Creek Parkway – Room ABC
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430

At this event, you will be able to speak with employers, turn in resumes, receive job information and have one-on-one interviews.  Dress professionally and bring several copies of your resume. Each of these companies have several openings.

If you have questions, please contact Lisa Cain at lisa.cain2@hennepin.us or 612-596-1990. The flyer will be posted soon.

The following companies will participate in this event:
ACR Homes
Advantage Sales & Marketing
All Home Caring
American Transportation
Atlas Staffing
Building Resources Corporation
Cub Foods
Delta Global Services
Doherty Staffing
Family Dollar
FedEx Ground
First Student
Hennepin County
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
Labor Ready
New French Bakery 
Pizza Hut 
Super America
The Home Depot 

Calendar of DEED-approved job and career hiring events

These events, including weekly job fairs, are listed and updated frequently at Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Employment programs

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program employment and training (SNAP E&T)

The program's purpose is to provide employment training to able-bodied people, ages 18-50, who receive food support, but no other cash assistance. As of October 1, 2013, participation in work or job search activities is required each month that the participant receives food support.

Services include an individual assessment of work-related strengths and barriers, and an Employability Development Plan (EDP) designed to help participants get a job. Training may include General Equivalency Diploma (GED), English as a Second Language (ESL), high school diploma or short-term vocational training.

SNAP E&T services are administered at the Work and Employment Resource Center (WERC) located at Sabathani Community Center, 310 East 38th Street, Minneapolis

The program is jointly administered by the Minnesota Departments of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and Human Services (DHS).

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Minnesota Family Investment Program - employment services

This program supports families as they move from public assistance to employment. Participation in employment programs is required for most adults who receive public assistance. All participants receive an assessment and an employment plan toward self-sufficiency.

Participants must meet program requirements or their benefits will be reduced; lifetime benefits are limited to 60 months. Child care and medical services are also available to help participants transition from public assistance and into work.

Employment services providers include the Minnesota WorkForce Center Partners, community action agencies, educational agencies, county agencies, and other non-profit groups, as shown in the MFIP & DWP Employment Service Providers list.

The program is a partnership between Hennepin County and City of Minneapolis.

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Resources for job seekers

Job-seeking resources in the Work and Economic Resource Center (WERC) are available to people receiving public assistance and to other members of the general public. The center provides trained staff to assist and direct customers in their job and housing searches.

Sabathani Community Center, 310 East 38th Street, Minneapolis


Services available

Computer access

  • Type resumes, cover letters and business letters using WinWay Resume.
  • Use Deluxe and/or Microsoft Word software programs.
  • Practice and test typing, and 10-key skills using Mavis Beacon Typing Tutorial software program.

High-speed internet access

  • Search for and research jobs online.
  • Write and post resumes and cover letters online.
  • E-mail prospective employers.
  • Research companies and the employment market.
  • Search for affordable housing.
  • E-mail prospective landlords.
  • File for unemployment benefits.
  • Complete and file federal and state taxes.

Fax services

  • Send resumes, cover letters, job applications, W-4 forms, etc. to prospective employers.
  • Apply for housing.

Copy machine

  • Make copies of resumes, cover letters, job and housing applications, W-4 forms, and other job-related information.

Information and job search assistance

The center has a vast selection of informational resources available for customers. Our expert staff can provide training and individual assistance in:

  • Online job search
  • Writing resumes
  • Writing cover letters
  • Networking
  • Job Networking and Support Groups
  • Cold-calling and telephone interviews with employers
  • Interviewing with prospective employers
  • Finding work after prison
  • Finding work regardless of possible barriers, such as criminal backgrounds, age discrimination, etc.
  • Creating portfolios
  • "Elevator" speeches

Additional resources for job training and education:

  • Minnesota Workforce Center classes
  • Lists of local non-profit job-training programs

Other resources

We offer connections to community resources to help you find what you need, including:

  • Food shelves
  • Free meals
  • Utility assistance
  • Domestic abuse
  • Adult education
  • Community service sites
  • Legal assistance
  • Housing/Shelters
  • Community health
  • Veterans’ services
  • Transportation

Please note: The center's computers are made available for the sole purpose of job and housing searches. Anyone who uses them for other purposes will be asked to leave.

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